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THE INNER DRAGON

Silver Lining

 

Symphonic Prog

3.99 | 46 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
4 stars The debut album and so far the only album from this French project/band.

French symphonic prog normally means a theatrical Ange like music. This is not the case when it comes to Silver Lining. They have bypassed the French scene altogther and gone for a British feel. Camel and Yes is good references. Another good reference is David Minassian.

The music is straight forward symphonic prog with a twist. The twist is the frequent use of violin. And I mean violin as in gypsy music. There are also some chugging metal like guitars here. The keyboards is not as dominant here as per usual in this scene. The music is therefore a bit more than symphonic prog. A bit more AOR perhaps. And yes, the likes of Ange has not been completely overlooked. There are a lot of Ange connotations here, but not sound wise. The closing song Finale is very Ange like.

The quality of the music is great though. A song like Inner Dragon is superb. But the opening three songs Fall, Overture and the epic Opaline sets the standard and mood here. From there on and to the end; this album impresses me. My only gripe is the lack of a killer track or two. But besides of that, this is a really great album. Untraditional because violin, guitars and piano is the main instruments and keyboards is nowhere to be found. But still a great album which proves that great symphonic prog does not have to include cascades of keyboards.

I hope we will hear more from Thierry Sportouche and Silver Lining because they are really onto something here.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |

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